Wednesday, December 11, 2013
A little rain could not dampen the Christmas spirit during this year's annual parade.
The Moncks Corner Christmas Parade was held Sunday afternoon downtown.
“Even with the weather you couldn't dampen the Christmas spirit today,” Park and Recreation Director Ralph Jones said of the turnout along Main Street in Moncks Corner and the more than 80 entries. “There was a great crowd all up and down Main Street waiting for the parade even in the rain.”
The more than two-hour long parade featured local elected officials including Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler, Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis, District 100 Representative Eddy Southard, State Senator Larry Grooms and members of Moncks Corner Town Council.
Scott Eisberg, ABC News 4 WCIV Sports Director, served as Grand Marshal for this year's parade. More than 20 floats were entered, with annual favorites to include the Rudolph truck and sleigh from Berkeley Electric Co-op. Of course no Christmas parade is complete without Santa Claus, and many kids with Christmas lists handy were not disappointed.
“We could not have pulled this off without the many volunteers involved with the parade this year and the fine job done by our Public Service Department in getting the town decorated and all the Christmas lights put up and turned on for display,” Jones said.
Public Service Director Butch Svagerko thanked his staff and Paige Austell's government class at Berkeley High School for their help in getting the town ready.
“Ms. Austell's class makes it a regular part of their year to help us out during spring and fall in helping trade out the plants in our Main Street containers and hanging lights in Unity Park,” Svagerko said. “We are very appreciative of their help each year.”
Festivities concluded at dusk with the lighting of the town Christmas tree in Unity Park, which included the singing of Christmas carols and performances by local youth groups.